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Workers Stumble Upon Paul Revere And Samuel Adams' Buried Time Capsule

| by Dominic Kelly

Possibly the oldest time capsule in American history was dug up in Boston this week, potentially providing researchers valuable insight into the state of the country during the 1700s.

The time capsule was reportedly buried originally by patriots Samuel Adams and Paul Revere in 1795, and crews stumbled upon it while repairing a water leak at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday. A local expert from the Museum of Fine Arts was immediately called in, and most of the day was spent carefully extracting the time capsule from the cornerstone of the building.

“What we know the box contains, based on the notes that we have, is a Paul Revere plate, papers, and coins from the 1600s,” Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin said. “It may contain other stuff too, we don't know that yet.”

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A coin that apparently fell out of the time capsule here at the State House. pic.twitter.com/sTQf6qOcFV

— Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) December 11, 2014

Some fear that the items inside the capsule may be in poor shape due to the fact that they’ve been buried for hundreds of years, but researchers are optimistic that some valuable items will be left unscathed.

“The contents are of concern, but the plaster that held the box in place is in good condition,” Galvin said.

A coin that apparently fell out of the time capsule here at the State House. pic.twitter.com/sTQf6qOcFV

— Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) December 11, 2014

This very time capsule was actually dug up for the first time since its burial in 1855 during emergency repairs to the State House, but after the repairs were done, it was immediately put back in place, although it’s not clear how carefully workers handled it at the time.

“There were some coins that were tossed in the 1855 ceremony in the mix of the mortar,” Galvin said, according to CNN. “They are in good condition so we are optimistic that the box itself has withstood the test of time and that it will therefore be holding the contents securely.”

Researchers plan to x-ray the cigar box-sized capsule this weekend before publicly revealing its contents next week.

This is an iPhone picture of the time capsule which is still embedded in the corner stone. pic.twitter.com/Af8eq1cMjk

— Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) December 11, 2014

Sources: CNN, Yahoo News, Time / Photo Source: Yahoo News via AP